Mark at Off the Mark is Off

Sitting here waiting on the bus home, I am now on my second 5-day “vacation”!

The one person that I really wanted to go visit is unavailable at the moment. And, Laura, I’d love to come visit you but cannot consider driving to Meeteetse and back in 5 days. Same goes for Helen in Vermont. Et. al.

So, I’ll do a few other things:

  • I learned that there IS a botanical gardens nearby, Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden. I will go.
  • Wander Allerton Park grounds.
  • Read some.
  • Watch some movies. Since I just rented 3 I’m on my way….
  • Get some more running in, if the heat (and other weather) cooperates.
  • Weed out some more books and stuff from my apartment.
  • Straighten up the back room.
  • Get solid drafts of a resume and cover letters for the 2 jobs I’m applying for out to my reviewers.
  • “Sleep in.”
  • Drink a few tasty beers.
  • Have a picnic lunch (probably at one of the 1st 2 places).
  • Back-up/migrate some more data off the PC.
  • Catch the Perseids Monday AM if the weather cooperates.

Notice that there is little in the way of quantitative goals in there, whether relaxing or producing. The 2 job apps are kind of a necessary evil. But otherwise….


Sorry. Just needed to get that off my chest.

I have 2 jobs to apply to and I am losing my mind over résumés and cover letters.

I. Hate. This. Stuff. Just in case I haven’t mentioned it.

And, no. I’m not particularly looking for any sympathy. I full well know it is the price we pay for …. Well, we pay it for something.

Live. On the Air.

Let’s hope steadily again…

Most of you aren’t even aware of it, I imagine, except for those few who got “hung up” on in an IM conversation but my cable internet (Insight) has been flaking in and out (with much out) for the past week. I didn’t call until Tuesday and they couldn’t come out until today.

My cable modem was supposedly going bad. I took the repair guy up on a decent price on a new one with the expressed idea that I’d be calling immediately this time if it goes flaky.

The old modem was extremely hot, which I can imagine might make it act up. Considering it has no good reason to be hot—doesn’t sit in the direct sunlight or such—perhaps it was going bad.

Well. Yay! More damn technology crapping out on me; again.

What is going to need replacing next?

Very Rare, indeed

Your Personality is Very Rare (INTP)

Your personality type is goofy, imaginative, relaxed, and brilliant.
Only about 4% of all people have your personality, including 2% of all women and 6% of all menYou are Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Perceiving.

How Rare Is Your Personality?

Blame or credit for this one goes to Jennifer.

Hard to trust a 12-question personality test, but I think this is my “normal” Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Not that I need a quiz or test to tell me that I’m an oddball.

Of course, if I could let the goofy relaxed guy out a bit more often I could cement that view in other minds, too. 🙂

P.S. I only like my steak somewhat rare, too.

Some things read this week, 28 July – 4 August 2007

Sorry this is so slim on content, but my cable internet has been popping in and out constantly for the last several days. I don’t dare try to write anything of substance for fear of losing it.

Saturday, 28 Jul

Brookes, Bertram C. “The Foundations of Information Science. Part I. Philosophical aspects.” Journal of Information Science: Principles & Practice 2 (3/4), Oct 1980: 125-133.

Cite by Neill, S. D. “The Dilemma of the Subjective in Information Organisation and Retrieval.” Read last week.

Sunday, 29 Jul

Raber, Douglas. The Problem of Information: An Introduction to Information Science. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2003.

Finished ch. 7.

Monday, 30 Jul

Smith, Linda C. and Amy J. Warner. “A taxonomy of representations in information retrieval system design.” Journal of Information Science: Principles & Practice 8 (3), Apr 1984: 113-121.

Cite by Neill, S. D. “The Dilemma of the Subjective in Information Organisation and Retrieval.” Read last week.

Raber, D. (above)

Read ch. 8

Simmons, Amber. “Reviving Anorexic Web Writing.” A List Apart No. 242.

I enjoyed this article and perhaps more despite the sort of dichotomy it drew between designers and writers. I mean it is at A List Apart, so that dichotomy is almost to be expected. While I do not consider myself either of those things particularly, I loved this thought as I generally think all people who advocate only writing short for the web are clueless idiots who ought not to be allowed to write anything for the web:

I have always been disheartened by the ubiquitous advice to keep all writing on the web short, though I understand where the advice comes from. For years designers and writers worked separately, designers working their magic to make the website as flashy and awesome as possible while the writers, if they were invited to the party at all, were given a paltry few days to whip up some words to fill the white space on the page. …

It seems to be that in focusing on designers vs. writers she has forgotten all of the other reasons for writing on the web besides corporate interests. But consider the source. I just read past that lack of understanding.

As our culture becomes increasingly digital, the art forms that support it must be constructed with the same care, deliberateness, and gusto as our traditional media. Intelligent content is the literature of our time. It is not enough that our printed books and magazines are ardently written and meticulously edited. Our culture loses much if we encourage online writers to sacrifice grace and personality on the altars of pith and scannability. Perhaps better advice is to encourage writers to say exactly what they mean with precisely the words required, however many they may be.

Amen, sister! Worth reading.

Tuesday, 31 Jul

Doherty, John J. “Towards Self-Reflection in Librarianship: What is Praxis?Progressive Librarian 26, Winter 2005/2006.

Saracevic, Tefko. “Information science: origin, evolution and relations.” Conceptions of Library and Information Science: Historical, Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives. (1992): 5-27.

Tuesday – Wednesday, 31 Jul – 1 Aug

Vakkari, Pertti. “Opening the horizon of expectations.” Conceptions of Library and Information Science: Historical, Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives. (1992): 1-4.

Cited by Raber (see above) in multiple locations beginning with endnote 8 in ch. 1.

Wednesday, 1 Aug

Dellit, Alison and Kent Fitch. “Rethinking the catalogue. Paper delivered to the Innovative Ideas Forum, National Library of Australia, 19th April 2007.” Staff paper. National Library of Australia.

Found at Georgia Harper’s blog, Lifelong learning: The third degree.

Thursday – Friday, 2 – 3 Aug

Bade, David W. The Theory and Practice of Bibliographic Failure, Or, Misinformation in the Information Society. City of the Red Hero [Ulaanbaatar]: Chuluunbat, 2004.

Began this. Currently working towards a theory of error. Good, but small type.

as ranger said, “duh huh, seriously”

Found at in the hoosegow back in early April

What Be Your Nerd Type?

Your Result: Literature Nerd



Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it’s eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today’s society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works.

It’s okay. I understand.

Social Nerd



Science/Math Nerd



Gamer/Computer Nerd



Drama Nerd



Anime Nerd






Artistic Nerd



What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace

Not sure what’s up with the red bars which should be in the boxes … nor do they really match up cause social nerd should only be about 3/4s across and the rest correspondingly less so. The last 2 were blank, though.